Mat DaviesDirector of EstatesSaid Business School University of Oxford

    Mat DaviesDirector of EstatesSaid Business School University of Oxford

      Mat Davies has worked as Estates Director at the Sa?d Business School, University of Oxford since 2001. The Sa?d Business School forms part of the Social Sciences Division of the University of Oxford, and occupies a purpose built 18,000m Dixon-Jones building in the heart of Oxford, accommodating a student, academic and administrative community numbering approximately 1,200 people.

      Mat’s role covers not only the built estate, but also many of the operational/service functions, with the brief to deliver world-class service and world-class buildings in a competitive global market.

      Alongside the day to day operation of the Sa?d Business School’s buildings and operations, Mat is responsible for the capital projects programme, working with internal stakeholders and consultants to understand the future size, shape and requirements of the business, translating this into the built estate through the conversion of existing buildings within the University estate, and through new-build projects. Mat has also delivered projects in his consultancy role for other areas of the University of Oxford, most recently the ?55m Blavatnik School of Government, with architects Herzog & deMeuron.

      Mat’s current focus is a ?60m Executive Education building, which will see the conversion of Oxford’s first electrical power station, dating from 1892, to create a high quality residential learning centre, utilising the latest in environmental and consumer technology.

      Prior to working for the University of Oxford, Mat worked for the Natwest Group, and also ran a successful construction management consultancy.

      3 top career achievements:
      ”    Delivered a 6,000m2 Dixon Jones Executive Education building 2012
      ”    Delivered a 8,000m2 Herzog & deMeuron building for the Blavatnik School of Government 2015
      ”    Delivered the Oxford-Man Institute for Quantitative Finance 2006

      Little known fact:

      Mat studied music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and then worked for 8 years as a professional bass guitarist. Mat toured globally (including Glastonbury ’98), and worked as a session bass player for bands such as ‘The Drifters’ ‘Fairport Convention’, ‘Sam Brown’ and others. Mat still tours internationally in his spare time, as part of ‘Fifteen String Trio’.

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